Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, I have slowly been making my way out west and feel fortunate to have landed in Portland with Kaiser Permanente. After completing undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, I received my MD/MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where I met my now husband, a sports orthopedic surgeon who also works at Kaiser Permanente. We moved back to my home state to complete our respective residencies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, after which I served as chief resident in pediatrics for an additional year. Following that, I served as a clinical instructor in general pediatrics at the University of Michigan, and then at Ravenswood Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in East Palo Alto, California.
About my practice
I practice within the general pediatrics department and have a special interest in child advocacy and caring for underserved populations. I believe in joint decision-making with my patients and their caregivers, while adhering to high quality, compassionate, evidence-based medicine. I do follow the immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I love being a pediatrician for the long-term relationships it affords and the opportunity to practice preventive care. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child grow from a newborn to an adolescent and partaking in his or her physical and emotional health through acute illnesses and periods of wellness. I love that every day brings something new.
How I thrive
I value quality time with my husband and our growing family. I am an avid photographer and feel rejuvenated after a morning hike and photography session on one of Oregon's many scenic trails, or after photographing friends and their children. On weekends, you can find me cooking, baking, long-distance running, curling up with a good book, and eating my way through Portland's thriving food scene.